Rumor: Facebook and Google looking to buy or make deals with Skype

The Internet phone business software company Skype could be talking to two of the Internet's biggest companies for either a joint venture or even an all out acquisition of Skype. Reuters is reporting, via unnamed sources, that Facebook and Google are in talks with Skype that could lead to some kind of deal being made. The article claims that these secret talks are part of the reason Skype delayed its public offering of stock.

The article said that one source claims that Facebook, led by its co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, has been talking with Skype executives about buying the company outright. Another source. however, said that the talks are for some kind of joint venture between Facebook and Skype. Yet another source claims that Google is also in talks with Skype about some kind of joint venture. Details about what such a joint deal might be like were not revealed but the article does say that the discussions are still in the early days and it's not yet clear which idea Skype might go for in the end. Skype could also still launch its public stock offering in the second half of 2011. So far none of the companies involved have officially commented on the story or responded to inquires.

The article speculates that a public offering for Skype could raise as much as $1 billion for the Luxembourg-based company. However, an acquisition deal could be worth between $3 billion and $4 billion, according to sources. Launched in 2003, Skype's popularity as a way to make free phone calls via the Internet has exploded and it has over 600 million registered users in 2010.  Recently a record number of 27 million users at one time were using the Skype software.

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I'd also like to see Google buy it outright. If they did, I'm sure they'd put it on their super fast servers / network and tweak it so calls have minimal lag.. This would also be a perfect match for their Android market.. Oh the possibilities!

Personally i don't want either to take it over, too many companies are getting absorbed by these big brothers then they get destroyed.

No thank you!

For user sake let it be Google. Facebook don't let you export contacts as it is, think I want them to handle actual phone details?

I would completely stop using Skype if it went the Facebook route. I've always seen Skype as more of a business tool and tool to communicate with close friends and Facebook is pretty much the opposite. They (FB) are experimenting with some Bobsled by T-Mobile - they should keep experimenting and let Google purchase/license it, integrate with Google Voice and expand our VoIP calling capabilities that way. The existing Facebook integration in Skype is annoying enough. If I were forced to see my Facebook contacts (or show up online in the chat there) when using Skype will be terrible.

Obry said,
I would completely stop using Skype if it went the Facebook route. I've always seen Skype as more of a business tool and tool to communicate with close friends and Facebook is pretty much the opposite. They (FB) are experimenting with some Bobsled by T-Mobile - they should keep experimenting and let Google purchase/license it, integrate with Google Voice and expand our VoIP calling capabilities that way. The existing Facebook integration in Skype is annoying enough. If I were forced to see my Facebook contacts (or show up online in the chat there) when using Skype will be terrible.

Totally agree. Feels like it would be a bad mix, and I really don't see any benefits that could come of Facebook running the show, beyond further integration with it.

I'd be interested to see what Google did with it though, especially with their current involvement with Google Voice.

dogmai79 said,
I'm gonna jump the gun and post this comment before reading the article. That would be awesome if we could integrate Skype with Facebook.

That actually would be awesome but at the same time, I'd prefer it if Skype and Facebook remained separate. I use one for my online friends and then the other for people who I know online, and it always becomes a hassle for me to maintain all of the connections via one program at times. I'd like to be able to hook in my Windows Live contacts via Skype though I can't see that happening.

Uplift said,
I'd like to see Google take over it, sick of everything getting facebooked

They have Google Voice.

Doli said,

They have Google Voice.

I use Skype for my online number and it's not great, the google alternative is not available in the UK, i'm sure it will be so much better. The quality of the calls and lack of updates to iphone app and OSX app are all poor..

I don't doubt facebook would do a good job but you would have your facebook contacts and other crap thrown in your face..

Uplift said,
I'd like to see Google take over it, sick of everything getting facebooked

Actually me too even though I use facebook, I think we have had enough of it, but let's face it, it keeps growing

robert_dll said,

Actually me too even though I use facebook, I think we have had enough of it, but let's face it, it keeps growing

If they took over it and integrated it into google voice and slowly killed off Google Voice like they did with Google Videos ~~ Youtube that'd be cool.

Not sure who i would like to see take on Skype, I think that Facebook could use it more effectively than Google...